Why Your Home's Air Quality is Important

May 23, 2016

You may constantly hear about new subjects that should bother you and your family. Don’t buy products containing BPA. Don’t use the microwave. Only store your food in glass storage sets, not plastic.

Now people are telling you about indoor air quality (or IAQ) in Austin. You shouldn’t use anything with chemicals to clean your home. You have to buy an air purification system. You should use essential oils instead of air fresheners.

The worries never stop.

So you drown out all the noise and just try to focus on what matters. We get it - why agonize about one issue if you’re just going to have to constantly worry about everything else?

But, of everything, indoor air quality is certainly an issue you should consider, and here’s why.

It affects your health

We’ve told you how to fight sickness and stay healthy with indoor air quality; and, we’ve shared how to Stop the Sneezes and help alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms with recommendations to improve indoor air quality; we’ve even introduced you to the APCO Whole-House Air Purifier to help keep your indoor air quality top notch. So now, we’ll be frank: bad indoor air quality is bad for your health . We spend nearly 90% of our life inside and with indoor air impurities, including pet dander, dust, fibers, and virus-causing germs, hanging around our homes, it’s imperative to have an air purification system that can purify our air and help eliminate the germs that cause diseases.

It affects your home

Not only could bad air quality affect your lungs, it can also affect the performance of your home. Indoor air with elevated levels of impurities lurking around is more taxing on your home’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. Contaminants clog the parts of the blower system and the home’s air filters more quickly, causing your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. Your ducts can also become dirty faster, resulting in inefficient airflow.

It affects your workplace

Several studies have revealed that poor indoor air quality can have a substantial effect on workplace productivity. Not only can it increase the symptoms of allergies and asthma, but the contaminants put off by copying machines, cleaning supplies, poorly maintained heating and cooling systems, and electrical equipment can cause headaches (even migraines), watery eyes, and scratcy throats. While these symptoms may be fleeting, prolonged exposure to poor indoor air quality (after all, you do spend at least 40 hours a week at the office) can result in skin rashes, respiratory issues, and other chronic ailments. On the more severe side, radon or asbestos coming in through fractured foundations or ceilings can actually cause cancer and other fatal ailments and a strong concentration of carbon monoxide can lead to sudden death.

So when someone starts talking about indoor air quality, listen up because it could be critical for your health and for your home. If you don’t know if your home’s indoor air quality is healthy or struggling, call Strand Brothers Service Experts for a complimentary in-home analysis and we’ll verify your indoor air quality levels and review whole-home air cleaning choices with you.

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